Michigan highway to be named after slain officer

By: ap
By: ap

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to name part of Interstate 94 after a slain police officer.

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday. Under the bill, the portion of I-94 in Kalamazoo County will be named the Officer Eric Zapata Memorial Highway.

Thirty five-year-old Zapata was a 10-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety with three children. On April 18, 2011, Zapata was one of several officers called to Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood following a report of shots being fired. He was killed during a shootout.

Snyder's office says Zapata was the first officer in the Kalamazoo department to be killed in the line of duty.

Snyder says in a statement that the designation will remind future generations of Zapata's sacrifice.

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